Searching the Library Catalog

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    SearchingtheLibraryCatalog

    ????beginswith

    Thissearchtyperesultsinanalphabeticallistsuitableforbrowsing.Use????beginswithifyouknowthetitle,author,orsubjectoftheitemyouneed.Usethedropdownboxtoseeallthelistsyoucanbrowse. Thissearchalwaysmatchesthestringyouenteragainsttheindexpreciselystartingfromtheleft.

    Choosetheindexyouwanttobrowsethrough,andthenenterthetextfromwhichyouwouldliketobeginwith.Thistextwillappearatthetopofascrollablelist.Forexample,enteringthelettera willgiveyouanalphabeticalliststartingattheletter a.Enteringtheword greatwillgiveyouanalphabeticalliststartingwith great.

    Author (Lastname,Firstname):Whenyouselectanauthorsearch,youalwaysenterthelastnamefollowedbythefirstname. Thatis,ifyouknowthatErnestHemingwaywrotethebookyouareinterestedin,youwouldenterHemingwayErnestinthe"Entersearchterm(s)box.

    Titlebeginswith:Omitaanthewhentheyarethefirstwordinthetitle.Forexample,tosearchforTheCatcherintheRye,enterthesearchasCatcherintheRyeinthe"Entersearchterm(s)box

    Subject beginswith:SubjectbrowsesearchingallowsyoutolimitasearchtoitemsABOUTagiventopic.Thissearchrestrictsyoursearchtoapartofthebibliographicrecordthatcontainstermsfromacontrolledvocabulary.OurlibraryusestheLibraryofCongresssubjectheadings.

    Keyword:

    Usekeywordifyouarenotsureof exacttitles,subjects,authors,etc.Keywordsaresignificantoruniquewordsyouusetosearchforinformation.Resultsareretrievedfromspecificfieldsofanelectronicrecord.

    Lowercaseletterswillfindmatchesofcapitalizedwordsalso.Forexample,computerwillfindmatchesforcomputer,ComputerandCOMPUTER.

    YoumayusetheBooleanoperatorsANDandORinyoursearchstring.Forexample,youcouldtype(heartORcardiac)ANDsurgerytoretrieveallrecordshavingheartor cardiacinthem,togetherwiththewordsurgery.

    Usethe?charactertofindmatchesthatcontainportionsofwords.Forexample,gun?willretrievegun,guns,gunners,gunnery,gunning,etc.Inanotherexample,?ologywillretrieveanthropology,archaeology,psychology,etc.The?charactermayalsobeusedtofindvariantspellings.Forexample,alumi?mwillfindtheAmericanspelling,aluminum,andtheBritishspelling,aluminium.

    AdvanceSearch:

    AdvancedSearchletsyousearchthedatabaseforkeywords.Youcanusepulldownmenustospecifyfieldsandlimityoursearchbyyear,language,orformat.

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    Results:

    Thelistofrecordsappearsintheresultslistwindow.Whenyouenterasuccessfulsearchquery,orclickonanunderlinedentryfromthebrowselist,aResultsListisdisplayed.TheResultsListcandisplayupto5000records.TheResultsListshowshowmanyrecordssatisfyyourqueryspecifications.EachrecordinaResultsListissequentiallynumbered.Thesearchresultscanbedisplayedindifferentformats.

    Creatingasubsetallowsyoutoworkwithagroupofrecordsselectedfromaresultset. Markrecordsintheresultslist,andthenclickCreateSubset.Theresultslistwillthendisplayonlytherecordsyouhaveputinthesubset.

    Filteringresultsallowsyoutoviewasubsetofyourcurrentsearchresultsusingdefinedlimitssuchaspublicationyear,availability,rangeofdata(alphabetical,numeric,andsoon),andthedatetherecordwasaddedtothecollection.

    Refineallowsyoutobroadenornarrowyoursearchstrategybyexpandingyourterminologyorcreatingsubsetsofyoursearch.

    Sortoptionsallowyoutosortrecordsusingpredefinedsortoptions.

    Search History:

    Youcanviewtheresultsofprevioussearches,incorporatethem intonewsearches,orcombinethemintooneresultset.

    View Record:

    FromtheResultsList,clickontherecordnumbertoseethefullrecordforyouritem.Inthefullviewofarecordyoucanseetherecordinavarietyofforms(standard,catalogcard,citation,nametags,MARCtags).

    Fullviewhaslinksallowingyoutojumpto: ABrowseList Other,similarrecords,forexampleother

    recordsthatsharethesamesubject Holdingsinformation

    Holdings/Location:

    Theholdingsinformation tellsyouwhethertheitemisavailablebydisplayingtheitemstatus,duedate,collectionandcallnumberandotherdescriptiveinformation.

    Thelocationinformationgivesyouholdingsinformationbasedonthecampusyouselect.

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